Brisbane Hustlers fly to Rome to bring Bingham Cup home

Brisbane Hustlers and our other gay rugby clubs fly to Rome for the Bingham Cup
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Players from the Brisbane Hustlers and Australia’s other gay and inclusive rugby clubs have flown overseas to Rome, Italy at the weekend for this year’s Bingham Cup.

The Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, known as the Bingham Cup, is the biennial World Cup of gay rugby, played in different host cities since 2002. The event is named after US 9/11 gay rugby hero Mark Bingham.

Players from gay and inclusive rugby clubs the Brisbane Hustlers, the Sydney Convicts, the Melbourne Chargers, the Perth Rams as well as our newest team the Adelaide University Sharks are in Rome to compete.

They’ll join over 140 participating teams, comprising 10,000 athletes, coaches, and supporters at the tournament.

All of our Australian gay rugby clubs have fundraised all year to get to the 2024 Bingham Cup in Rome.

The Bingham Cup’s opening ceremony is on Wednesday (June 22), with the rugby kicking off on Thursday.

Brisbane Hustlers bid for 2026 Bingham Cup

Rome beat Brisbane to the bid for hosting rights for the 11th edition of the Cup this year.

But this month, the Brisbane Hustlers are determined to not only bring home the Cup, but the entire event as well.

International Gay Rugby has named the Hustlers and Argentina’s Ciervos Pampas Rugby Club as the two final bidders for the 2026 Bingham Cup.

When in Rome, both clubs will make their case for their Bingham Cup bids.

“Our team has been hard at work both on and off the field to give us the best opportunity at bringing home the cup for the first time to Brisbane,” Hustlers President Steve Bevan said.

“In Rome, we’ll present our bid to host the Bingham Cup in 2026.”

This year is also the Brisbane Hustlers’ 20th anniversary. In March, Brisbane Hustlers past and present gathered for a special event to celebrate the milestone.

The gay rugby club will travel to Auckland to compete in the biennial Purchas Cup.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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